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Internal Wrangling Forced Me Out Of Heartland – Dike

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Alphonsus Dike, the manager of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, resigned his appointment with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, citing internal wrangling as his reason for quitting.

The former Enugu Rangers coach tendered his resignation letter on Monday upon return from the NPFL matchday 27 0-2 loss at newcomers, Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC in Lagos on Sunday.

Dike cited internal wrangling and unhealthy politics among the entire fabric of the team as reasons for ditching the side.

“Yes, I’m no more with Heartland; I left the side yesterday (Monday) on arrival from Lagos after the clash at MFM FCon Sunday.

“I’m no more comfortable with the happenings in the team and have decided to discontinue with them.

“The internal quarrelling in the team is quite unhealthy for a sane person to achieve result.

“Everything right now at Heartland seems to be working against the team even in their worst moment in the history of the club.

“Everybody seems to be quarrelling with every other person and the atmosphere has badly affected the psyche and psychology of the players as well as the coaches.

“Things I mentioned to the management to implement to help the team in their trying period are not being done aside low morale as a result of delay in payment of the players’ salaries.

“Management did not help matters, too as key players that would have been of immense help to the team were let go to other clubs without my approval or knowledge.

“I came to contribute my own quota to the growth of the team but I’m being compelled to beat a quick withdrawal to keep my sanity.

“Heartland is my team, I’m from the state, played and coached the team so the team is part and parcel of me but the situation there right now is quite demoralising.

“I did not abandon the team in their toughest period I cannot just help it but wish them well in the on-going league season and future endeavours,” said the former Nasarawa United coach to

The 2009 CAF Champions League finalists are just better than the bottom-placed side, Ikorodu United on the top-flight log on poorly 29 points from 26 matches.